Middle East/Hamas/European Union
On 17 December the European Union’s [General] Court cancelled the inclusion of Hamas on the European list of terrorist organizations, where it had been since 2001.
This cancellation is based on procedural reasons alone.
In no way does it imply any questioning of the European Union’s determination to combat all forms of terrorism.
It does not alter our appreciation of the basic fact: Hamas was described as a terrorist group by the Council of the European Union on 27 December 2001. The European Union [General] Court has also decided to maintain the effects of the inclusion, such as the freezing of Hamas funds.
France will act to ensure that Hamas is included on the list again as soon as possible./.